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Old 07-20-2012   #1
 
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Do the payetts really run late in the season?

I ran into a guy on the lochsa who said that you can run the payettes late into the summer because they are dam controlled. Is it worth the drive from Missoula to go check it out that time of the year? Or should I just wait for next springs runoff? Also looking for a site about Canadian rivers similar to American Whitewater that tells info on rivers up there.

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Old 07-21-2012   #2
 
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You can run them all year round. Even in Jan/Feb.

Brrr....
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Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus (if dams can be related to Christmas in some way) in the Payette River system. Between the Deadwood flowing into the SF Payette and the Cascade Reservoir feeding the NF Payette, it opens up quite a few runs.
If you are looking for some late season runs come on down. It is awesome. How awesome depends a little on what you want to run. The class 5 section runs all the time as does the class 3 Cabarton. The Staircase is runnable even after the Deadwood shuts off. The Canyon section ( most awesome class 4 run) gets pretty bony after the Deadwood shuts down. While you are in the area the Murtaugh section of the Snake runs irregularly but is wonderful day run near Twin Falls. Late summer as irrigation demand goes down the river flow goes up. Lots of stuff in Idaho. Get it.
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Old 07-21-2012   #4
 
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Nice, that Murtaugh looks awesome. I want to plan a four day trip down there in mid august. We would all have small 13ftish ft rafts and cats. Any other day runs (above class III) come to mind if some of these aren't running ?
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In mid August there will be at least two awesome class 3 runs running, without a doubt in my mind.

The cabarton and main payette are awesome runs. Also Swirley Canyon might be worthwhile. A couple hours away and you have some sections on the Salmon River near the town of Riggins as well as the Bliss section of the Snake River near the town of Hagerman.

The secret is out, Idaho has great whitewater late into August and beyond!
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Murtaugh is at 1,500 and shuts off here this next week for who knows how long.

Just ran it today!
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How is the Murtaugh at 1500? How long does the run take?
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Def worth the short drive for the payette. The north fork is one of the top five Rivers in America
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not to steal the thread, but we are coming off the main slamon on august 14th and were looking to run something on the way home the evening of the 14th and the 15th. Any idea what should be the best bet? we will have playboats so NF is out.
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How is the Murtaugh at 1500? How long does the run take?
It took us 4-5 hours.

There's a ton of flatwater you have to push through, but almost all of the rapids are drops, including some ledge drops. Pretty fun stuff.
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